If your considering the Elgin at all you might want to jump now and get them. The only ones left on the AE website are size 11, I purchased mine through the shoebank last week for $179 and they are flawless.
Agree with others that the Strands work well with jeans and chinos, my Strands are walnut shell but my McAllister are walnut calf which I do wear with chinos and once in awhile jeans.
And have come to really like that look. But purchased the McTavish and Elgin for an even lighter shade of brown and slightly more casual feel.
Thanks for your thoughts. I ended up ordering the walnut strands. The idea of jeans/chinos with strands has been so mixed that I figure it's probably ok to do if half the strand owners wear it.
Maybe I'll reconsider the elgin and mctavish down the road. For now, I await the strands.